Dr David Lines
Head of Italian Studies
Tel: +44 (0) 2476 523250
Email: D dot A dot Lines at warwick dot ac dot uk
Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
After studying Latin and Greek at the Liceo Classico in Italy, Dr David Lines did his university studies in the United States: he read History, English, and classical Greek for his BA, focused on English and American literature for the MA, and then proceeded on a scholarship to Harvard, where he obtained his PhD in History under the direction of James Hankins. Among his awards while a PhD student were a William J. Fulbright fellowship, a Frances A. Yates short-term fellowship at the Warburg Institute, and the Ezio Franceschini fellowship for medieval literature and philology at the Certosa del Galluzzo in Florence. After various postdoctoral fellowships in the Netherlands and Germany (including an Alexander von Humboldt research fellowship and a DFG postdoctoral fellowship, both spent at the Seminar für Geistesgeschichte und Philosophie der Renaissance in Munich) Dr Lines was Assistant Professor of History at the University of Miami, Florida (2002-2006). Dr Lines joined the Italian Department at the University of Warwick in Autumn 2006 after spending a year as Deborah Loeb Brice Fellow at Villa I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence). He became Associate Professor in 2009 and Reader in 2013.
Dr Lines is interested in all aspects of European thought and learning from around 1250 to around 1750. He has particular expertise in the following:
- The classical tradition (Aristotelianism and ancient thought more generally) in Renaissance Europe: interactions of Greek, Latin, and the vernacular
- Renaissance intellectual history, especially ethics, politics, and science and their configuration in humanism and scholasticism
- Institutions of culture and learning (particularly universities), with special focus on Bologna and Italy
- Libraries and history of the book (particularly the library of Ulisse Aldrovandi)
In addition to awards for personal research he is currently managing the following collaborative research projects:
• a Leverhulme International Network (2012–15) on 'Renaissance Conflict and Rivalries: Cultural Polemics in Europe, c. 1300–c. 1650', involving Warwick, the Warburg Institute, the Universities of Bonn, Leuven, Venice, and Florence, and potentially other partners
• the Warwick-based portion of an ERC grant (2014-19) on 'Aristotle in the Italian Vernacular: Rehinking Renaissance and Early-Modern Intellectual History (c. 1400-c. 1650' (PI Marco Sgarbi, Ca' Foscari, Venice)
Teaching and supervision
PhD students currently supervised
Greg Wells, ‘John Hall’s Little Book of Cures (ca. 1630–1635): A Critical Edition’ (project in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance; co-supervised with Claudia Stein, History).
Sara Miglietti, ‘Mastering the Climate: Theories of Climatic Influence in the Early Colonial Age’ (project in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance; co-supervised with Ingrid De Smet, French Studies).
Rocco Di Dio, 'Marsilio Ficino's Notebooks' (project in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance; co-supervised with Maude Vanhaelen, Italian/Classics).
Giacomo Comiati, on the influence of Horace in sixteenth-century Italian poetry (co-supervised with Simon Gilson, Italian).
Leila Zammar, ‘Seventeenth-Century Performances at the Barberini Palace and in the Lost Barberini Theatre, Rome’ (project in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance; co-supervised with Margaret Shewring, Theatre Studies).
Martina Piperno, on Leopardi's classicism and contacts with the thought of Giambattista Vico (co-supervised with Fabio Camilletti, Italian).
Past PhD students supervised
Gabriella Addivinola, ‘The Apophatic Tradition in Alan of Lille and Dante: Logic, Theology and Poetry from the Twelfth to the Fourteenth Centuries’ (co-supervised with Simon Gilson, Italian; completed in February 2014).
- Head of Italian Studies
- Research Director, Italian Studies
- Academic Director of Admissions and Recruitment, School of Modern Languages and Cultures
- Aristotle’s ‘Ethics’ in the Italian Renaissance (ca. 1300–1650): The Universities and the Problem of Moral Education (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2002; Education and Society in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, 13), 614 pp.
- (co-ed.) Rethinking Virtue, Reforming Society: New Directions in Renaissance Ethics, c. 1350–c. 1650, ed. by David A. Lines and Sabrina Ebbersmeyer (Turnout: Brepols, 2013; series Cursor Mundi, 3); further details available here
- ‘Reorganizing the Curriculum: Teaching and Learning in the University of Bologna, c. 1560–c. 1590’. History of Universities, 26.2 (2012), 1–59
- ‘Papal Power and University Control in Early Modern Italy: Bologna and Gregory XIII’, The Sixteenth Century Journal, 44.3 (Fall 2013), 663–82
- ’Rethinking Renaissance Aristotelianism: Bernardo Segni’s Ethica, the Florentine Academy, and the Vernacular’, Renaissance Quarterly, 66.3 (Fall 2013), 824–65
- Eugenio Refini, with the collaboration of David A. Lines, Simon Gilson and Jill Kraye: Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy: A Database of Works (first published 1 May 2012)
- Renaissance Society of America; Society for Italian Studies
- Board member of the journal Mediaevalia et Humanistica
- Board member of two book series published by Brepols: Cursor Mundi and Studies in the Faculty of Arts: History and Influence (SFIHA)
- BA (Bryan College, 1987)
- MA (English, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1991)
- AM, PhD (History, Harvard University, 1997)